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Maintaining Social Connections in Dementia: A Qualitative Synthesis

Birt, L; Griffiths, R; Charlesworth, G; Higgs, P; Orrell, M; Leung, P; Poland, F; (2019) Maintaining Social Connections in Dementia: A Qualitative Synthesis. Qualitative Health Research 10.1177/1049732319874782. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The clinical symptoms of dementia include difficulty with speech, poor short-term memory, and changes in behavior. These symptoms can affect how the person with dementia understands and performs in social interactions. This qualitative review investigated how people with mild to moderate dementia managed social connections. A systematic search of social science databases retrieved 13 articles; data were synthesized using thematic analysis. Results established the work undertaken by people with dementia to maintain and present a social persona seen as socially acceptable. Interpretations are contextualized within Goffman and Sabat's theories on "self." People with dementia were agentic in impression management: undertaking work to maintain recognized social roles, while being aware of when their illness led to others discrediting them. Wider recognition of strategies used to maintain a social self could inform interventions designed to increase capability and confidence in co-managing social connections following dementia diagnosis.

Type: Article
Title: Maintaining Social Connections in Dementia: A Qualitative Synthesis
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1049732319874782
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732319874782
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Canada, Europe, Goffman, North America, Sabat, agency, dementia, literature review, qualitative, self, social construction, sociology, stigma
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082955
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